Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike: The Silkworm and Strike: Career of Evil have so far aired on bbc One to the delight of fans of the Robert Galbraith novels and each series was watched by more than 7 million viewers in the UK alone.
Piers Wenger, Controller of bbc Drama, says: “We are delighted to announce that the Strike series will return to bbc One with Lethal White. J.K. Rowling, once more in the guise of Robert Galbraith, has delivered another brilliant, knotty and original crime story. We are honoured to be working with Jo and once more with Holliday and Tom as Robin and Strike, to bring this hit series back to BBC One.”
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story.
Strike and Robin set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
Burke most recently starred in director Joanna Hogg’s latest feature film The Souvenir opposite Tilda Swinton. He previously starred in BBC’s epic War & Peace as Fedor Dolokhov and in The Musketeers as Athos.
Grainger most recently starred in Annabel Jankel’s feature film Tell It To The Bees opposite Anna Paquin and Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugo Weaving. She previously starred in BBC’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover as Lady Constance Chatterley and in Kenneth Branagh’s Disney adaptation of Cinderella.
J.K. Rowling (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike: The Silkworm, Strike: Career of Evil), Neil Blair (Mrs Wilson, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike: The Silkworm, Strike: Career of Evil), Ruth Kenley-Letts (Mrs Wilson, Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike: The Silkworm, Strike: Career of Evil, The Casual Vacancy, The Hour) and Elizabeth Kilgarriff (for the BBC) are set to executive produce the new adaptation. Screenwriter Tom Edge (Strike: The Silkworm, Strike: Career of Evil) will adapt the novel for television.
This new series will mark a continuation of the BBC’s relationship with Brontë Film and tv and J.K. Rowling. Brontë Film and tv has produced the first three Strike series; Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike: The Silkworm, Strike: Career of Evil, and previously J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, a three-part serial, which aired on BBC One in 2015.
The Cuckoo’s Calling was published to critical acclaim in 2013 and went on to be a global bestseller, followed in 2014 by The Silkworm and Career of Evil in 2015. All three books were number one Sunday Times bestsellers in both hardback and paperback and Little, Brown has sold in total more than four million copies worldwide across all editions.
Cormoran Strike is one of the most memorable and distinctive detectives in crime fiction today and Robert Galbraith is among the genre’s most celebrated writers, shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger in 2015 and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016.